Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

Kept and Preserved

Summer of Tender MerciesEnos 1:12 - Mosiah 1:6

"I say unto you, my sons, were it not for these things, which have been kept and preserved by the hand of God, that we might read and understand of his mysteries, and have his commandments always before our eyes, that even our father would have dwindled in unbelief.

O my sons, I would that ye should remember...that these records are true... and we can know of their surety because we have them before our eyes.

And now, my sons, I would that ye should remember to search them diligently, that ye may profit thereby."

Mosiah 1: 5-7

One of the greatest tender mercies in my life are the words of the Lord as contained in the Holy Scriptures.

This month my hands have grown accustomed to carrying my little blue Book of Mormon around everywhere I go.  It has been to five different States, hotels and hospital rooms, cars and airplanes, and in parks and wilderness places.

I reach for it the way I reach for my cell phone.

I don't leave home without it.

It has become a means of communication, of direction, of reference.

This searching diligently has lead to blessings I had unanticipated.

Blessings for which I am extremely grateful.

I love this book.

The record of tender mercies contained within its pages is a treasure that is becoming irreplaceable.

I find myself reading through the growing list of attributes of the Lord almost daily.

So I will continue to search.

Diligently.

And to remember.

And to know of a surety.

But most importantly...

I will greet the day with a heart overflowing with gratitude for the gift that was kept and preserves so that I might have His word always before my eyes.